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The guy who signed Greta Van Fleet reveals what drew him to the band

Greta Van Fleet Jason Flom

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The guy who signed Greta Van Fleet reveals what drew him to the band

In an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Lava Records founder/CEO Jason Flom talked about discovering Greta Van Fleet.


He said:

“I remember, I was sitting with my son, and I put it [‘Highway Tune’] on and was like, ‘What in the hell is this? This is insane.’ I haven’t heard that sound since back in the day. It was an instant reaction.

“A number of things grabbed me. First, his [Josh Kiszka’s] voice. It’s not from a different era but from a different planet.

“And something about the way they create music together, which I realize is because they’ve been playing together since they were little.

“And then there’s the fact that they were so young. These guys are kids – they were still in high school. It was almost incongruous.”

“There hasn’t been a real breakout rock band – rock with a capital ‘R’ – in quite some time. The ones who have made a dent have been hybrids of different sounds.

“With Greta Van Fleet it’s just a bunch of guys with guitars and bass and drums; no synthesizers, no DJs. It’s pure.”

The band

Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. They were signed to Lava Records in March 2017 and a month later the band released their debut studio EP, Black Smoke Rising. Their debut single, “Highway Tune”, topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in September 2017 for four weeks in a row.

Their second EP, From the Fires, containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, alongside a second single, “Safari Song”.

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